Framatome has announced the completion of a key milestone in the development of a robotic-assisted handling system to support decommissioning and waste management for the nuclear industry. Testing has confirmed the operation of robotic systems for handling and sorting high-level waste components, paving the way for increased automation. The Virtual Remote Robotics for Radiometric Sorting (VIRERO) project is focused on enhancing robot control systems by automating them for waste handling. The project began on 1 October 2020 in partnership with the Institute for Factory Automation and Production Systems (FAPS) at the University of Erlangen and with the Aachen Institute for Nuclear Training GmbH (AiNT). The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research through the FORKA programme for research related to the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.
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